Arizona rate of trauma deaths drops as state adds centers

Arizona rate of trauma deaths drops as state adds centers

PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona health officials say the state’s rate of trauma deaths has dropped significantly as the number of trauma centers has risen across the state, particularly in rural communities.

The Department of Health Service says the rate of trauma deaths per 100,000 population dropped by 29 percent from 2006 to 2014.

The number of trauma centers in Arizona rose from seven in 2006 to 40 in 2015, with most of the new ones located in rural communities. That additional access to trauma care helps patients get care quickly.

The department says other factors in the decreased trauma death rate include injury prevention initiatives, improvements in clinical care and safety engineering of roads and cars.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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